Research shows walking and cycling improves physical and mental health, reduced air pollution will improve the health of residents, particularly children, older people and other vulnerable people while less traffic on residential streets will help create more pleasant communities.
Creating people-friendly streets for everyone will help make Islington a fairer place for all, and help achieve our bold ambition of a net-zero carbon Islington by 2030.
The transport impact of COVID-19
We have seen fewer cars on our streets during the health emergency. Local people have been enjoying cleaner air and safer, more pleasant neighbourhoods, and have needed to socially distance whilst moving around their neighbourhoods.
Nothing will ever be quite the same after the Coronavirus crisis, which is why now is the time to make bold changes for a safer, greener and healthier Islington.
Our transport response
To help local people enjoy their area, we will be creating people-friendly streets that will:
• Make it easier and safer to walk and cycle
• Be healthier and greener
• Allow social distancing now and in the future
We have already started adapting Islington streets to make it easier to socially distance while walking to busy areas for essential reasons, like shopping at local businesses and we’re rolling out more changes, including around schools and transport hubs.
We are also introducing temporary cycle lanes and other improvements to make it easier to cycle around the borough.
By installing inexpensive measures like bollards, planters and smart cameras, we’ll create more space for everyone to enjoy their neighbourhoods as they walk and cycle around.
Residents will still be able access their street and receive deliveries. Access will also be maintained for the emergency services and businesses. However, it will be much harder or impossible for non-local traffic to cut through residential streets from one main road to the next.
How can I get involved?
Local people know their areas best and we want to hear your views on how to make your area more people-friendly.
You can do this by visiting Islington’s Commonplace site. This site lets you drop a pin in the map of Islington then tell us your thoughts, ideas and suggestions. You can add as many pins as you like.
What happens next?
All of the feedback will be carefully analysed and considered in the design and implementation of our plans.
This web page will be updated with the latest information and decisions and developments.
We will provide more details of our people-friendly street plans very soon.
Islington’s first people-friendly streets neighbourhood will be created in St Peter’s to allow more space to walk safely, cycle as part of everyday life, use buggies or wheelchairs and cross roads.
A number of inexpensive measures will stop rat-running through the area’s streets while keeping access for cyclists, emergency vehicles, trades vehicles, and local people who need cars.
Traffic filters will be in place on Colebrook Row, Danbury Street and Wharf Road with a traffic filter and bus gate being added on Prebend Street. In some cases, the traffic filters will be enforced by cameras.
Islington Council will monitor its progress, and you can comment or add your ideas about the measures at islingtonpeoplefriendlystreets.commonplace.is